November 04 2015 12:11PM
The great thing about numbers is that, in the long run, they're typically less deceiving than your eyes. After all, they don't measure how you get it done; they measure if you do it, which is the primary object of the game. With that said, numbers can be just as useless, if not more useless than the "eye test" at the start of a season; the samples are often much too small to gain any real insight from.
Garret Sparks' first month of the season is a good example of this.
November 03 2015 11:36AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs were short a few bodies at practice today, as Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk, and Jonathan Bernier were nowhere to be seen. A statement like that might make you think trade or catastrophe, but in reality, the trio is unlikely to add up to much time missed.
November 03 2015 10:38AM
Mike Babcock is about to win a lot of games at the Air Canada Centre. No, the Leafs hasn't fixed themselves, and they probably aren't about to go on a superhuman tear to win the East. Rather, Mike Babcock is going to get himself a side job that allows him to live out his dreams.
November 03 2015 09:42AM
Jonathan Bernier's ailments might be more serious than originally suspected. The Toronto Maple Leafs made an emergency move this morning, recalling sophomore goaltender Antoine Bibeau from the Toronto Marlies.
November 03 2015 06:52AM
It doesn't take a genius to be of the opinion that Roman Polak is an extremely weak part of the Leafs' defensive core. Through the first eleven games of the season, Polak has the worst relative possession numbers on all defencemen, bleeds scoring chances against with nothing being sent back the other way, and has the worst offensive numbers out of anybody making substantial money (only Martin Marincin and Matt Hunwick have a lower even strength points per 60).
Maybe it's a bad start, or maybe he's just not a great defenceman; gritty and tenacious, but part of the old school style of play that the league is moving away from. You know what is great, though? This picture above. It is the best, and by the best, I mean it can be turned into the best using our friend Adobe Photoshop. As such, here are eight occupations I could totally see Roman Polak thinking about while he's on the ice.